It's "girls with guitars" on tonight's show, which first aired this past June--ranging from Bessie Smith in the 1920s to contemporary blues women like E.G. Kight, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Shakura S'aida. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST OF JUNE 8, 2013 FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS.)
Janis Joplin... the Doors... Led Zeppelin... Jimi Hendrix... Humble Pie... if it sounds like we've switched to a classic-rock format, rest assured there's plenty of blues content on this episode, first aired in May of 2013. Also tonight: Tommy Castro, Muddy Waters, Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater, and more. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST of MAY 25, 2013 FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS.)
From May of 2013, John Darkhorse mixes it up with tracks by Little Walter, Smiley Lewis, Homesick James, the Mannish Boys, Lighnin' Hopkins, James Cotton, Janiva Magness, Cassie Taylor, Eric Lindell, Taj Mahal, and many more.(PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST for MAY 18, 2013 for complete details.)
Back in early May 2013, John Darkhorse did a program in honor of the running of the Kentucky Derby, with songs about winning, losing, riding horses, mules, etc. Artists include James Cotton, Taj Mahal, Liz Mandeville, Big Bill Broonzy, and more. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR MAY 5, 2013 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.)
This week you'll hear a show first aired last March, in which John Darkhorse wove together various "spring"-related themes, including baseball, St. Paddy's Day, 4-leaf clovers, etc. He was joined in-studio by "Cornbread Fabian"--his grandson. And no, we didn't keep the child up past his bedtime (we recorded in the afternoon)! (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST of MARCH 16, 2013 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.)
From March 2013, a show featuring "psychadelic" 1960s blues by Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Winter; also: live tracks by the Insomniacs, Lonnie Mack, and a 1963 London performance by Sonny Boy Williamson with Eric Clapton & the Yardbirds. Hour two includes Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker Junior, Mike Zito, Eli Cook, and Magic Slim. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST for MARCH 2, 2013 for complete listings.)
In an ornery mood as usual, "Uncle John" Darkhorse decided to do an ANTI-Valentine's Day show (which first aired Feb.9, 2013), with songs of lost love, leaving, and being done dirty, by Shemekia Copeland, Eddie C. Campbell, the Mojo Roots, Rufus Thomas, Johnny Winter, Willie Dixon, Popa Chubby, and many more. PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR FEBRUARY 9, 2013 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
John Darkhorse reaches back to 1929 for a Bessie Smith track to start this week's show, (which first aired in February 2013). Also: tracks by Josh White, Big Joe Williams, Lightnin' Hopkins, Joanna Connor, Janiva Magness, legendary local band Granny's Bathwater, Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, and more. PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2013 FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS.
On this episode first aired in January 2013, John Darkhorse does an unusual (even for him!) show featuring nothing but TRAIN songs--by Leadbelly, Elmore James, Trampled Under Foot, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Lil' Ed, John Lee Hooker, and many more. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR January 26, 2013 for complete details.)
In this show first aired in January 2013, a couple of themes run through the program: blues artists who passed away in 2012, including Michael Burks and Pinetop Perkins; and songs about "addictions".... (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR JANUARY 12, 2013 FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS)
From January 5, 2013, we repeat John Darkhorse's "Year in Review", featuring the best tracks from Delmark, Earwig, Alligator and other labels, with music by Studebaker John; Linsey Alexander, Albert Bashor, Eddie C. Campbell, Guitar Mikey, Janiva Magness, the Blues Broads, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo Cannon and many others. (FOR COMPLETE DETAILS PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR JANUARY 5, 2013.)
On this episode first broadcast in December of last year (2012), John Darkhorse starts the program in a 1950s-60s 'soul blues' groove with Little Milton, Little Junior Parker, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Charles Brown and more. Also: Jason Ricci; the Insomniacs; B.B. King; Bettye Lavette; Joe Louis Walker; Cassie Taylor; Reba Russell; Jonny Lang; and more.
From November 2012, a show featuring the "Super Super Blues Band," John Mayall, Canned Heat, Zora Young, the Cate Brothers, Indigenous, the Bel Airs, Shakura S'Aida, Robert Cray, Coco Montoya, and many more. (PLEASE SEE PLAYLIST FOR NOVEMBER 17, 2012 for details.)
A show recorded October 6, 2012 featuring gospel-blues by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Josh White, Ray Charles and Sam Cooke. "Road Trip" features Mike Zito, Jason Ricci, T-Bone Walker and Sonny Boy Williamson. And hour two includes Tab Benoit, the Persuasions, Reba Russell, Joe Louis Walker, Chris Duarte, and more. (PLEASE CHECK PLAYLIST FOR 10/6/2012 FOR COMPLETE SONG LISTINGS.)
As John Darkhorse takes care of some personal business the next few weeks, we're playing more "Best of" shows from last fall. This show was from September 1st, 2012 (please look up tonight's playlist under that date).
Another "best of" show from the fall of 2012--John features the New Orleans sound of Dr. John, Johnnie Johnson, and Professor Longhair. Also: tracks by Robert Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Harper, Janiva Magness, Canned Heat, and more.
Another "best of" show while John Darkhorse takes off the month of July. This show from September 2012 features Fast Johnny Ricker, Curtis Salgado, Mighty Sam McClain, Sweet Suzi, a track from Bonnie Raitt's 1971 debut album, and more.
Another "archive" show while John takes off the month of July. This one, from September 2012, featured Rick Estrin, Linsey Alexander and JP Soars. Also: vintage tracks by Peppermint Harris, Shuggie Otis, Slim Harpo, Lou Ann Barton, the Black Keys, B.B. King, and more.
John Darkhorse is taking off the month of July, so we're playing "Best of" shows all this month. This show from Oct.12, 2012 came just after blues-rocker Nick Curran passed away, and John selected blues-rock tunes by Johnny Winter, the Doors, Humble Pie, Walter Trout, Joe Bonamassa, Henry Rollins, and of course Nick Curran.
John Darkhorse is taking July off, so we're repeating some shows this month--this one's from October 20th of 2012, and features tracks by Little Walter; Walter Horton with Charlie Musselwhite; Microwave Dave & the Nukes; Junior Wells & the Aces; We Sing Nasty Blues; Eddie "The Chief" Clearwater; Toronzo Cannon; and many more.
Tonight John remembers Bobby "Blue" Bland, who died last Sunday at age 83. Also: tracks by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Junior Wells, the Mannish Boys, Bonnie Bramlett, Omar and the Howlers, Dr. John, Magic Slim, and more.